> envisions something like this:
I am not sure what your point or question is exactly. Please elaborate if I have missed it (misunderstood)
However I am sure you are aware the Houdin claims the GG was for sliding counterweights DOWNWARDS
"The theory suggests that the grand gallery was used as a counter weight system where a wooden trolley equipped with heavy stones slid down on wooden rollers that moved on the stone benches running along the sides all the way through the grand gallery to help raise the granite beams on the opposite side through the external ramp to their respective positions. "
However he does not show where those rope rigging goes to? Presumably through the open roof of GG or a hole near great step then via a fulcrum down to the granite beams on another ramp. They are pulling down, Steve's are pulling up!
Despite his claims and me looking intently for his claimed "simulation", I have never found an adequate explanation.
Somehow he claims :
" Using this counter weight system allows less than two hundred men to easily move the 60 ton granite beams to the upper part of the pyramid."
Presumably in this pic the granite beams are on the left ramp of the pyramid?
If the above picture is his theory then if the slope of the ramp is roughly equivalent to GG then the weight on the GG counterweight ramp ought be in excess of 60 tons.
Even if counterweight is made of many smaller individual blocks they have to be disassembled at the bottom of GG and manually hauled up to top of GG again and again. What holds the big block on the slope whilst that happens? Maybe all those dudes pulling then why not just pull it up that way if they can hold the 60 ton weight ?
How did it get to the left ramp base in the first place?
It somewhat vindicates Steve Claytons in-explicit drawings.
Houdin an Architect, with considerable computer modelling back up resource, doesn't come up with much better!
Can anyone explain Houdin's counterweight theory precisely?